Joe O'Donnell made the front page of the New York Times today—just not in the way he wanted.
After apparently passing himself off for years as the author of many photographs taken by others, his delusions of grandeur unraveled after his death.
Good for the Times for helping to set the record straight (although I was a bit surprised that they didn't credit The Digital Journalist or Marianne Fulton.) And shame on O'Donnell.
A real Kennedy photographer, Cecil Stoughton, is quoted as saying, "The more I hear about this, the more upset I get." No wonder. There are few sins in intellectual and artistic life more base and banal than simple plagiarism. Even with confusion and mental illness as your "excuse." As is so often the case with excuses of that nature, the latter simply slanders all the people who suffer from senility and yet somehow manage not to steal things that don't belong to them.
Do your own work. Give credit where credit is due. Claim no glory that isn't yours. It's something that every schoolchild is, or should be, taught.
Mike (Thanks to Stephen Gillette)